Jen Dentel of Gerber/Hart will be presenting the paper “Midwestern Farmers’ Daughters: Heartland Values and Cloaked Resistance in the Novels of Valerie Taylor.” The paper focuses on Chicagoan Valerie Taylor’s early lesbian pulp novels (1950s/1960s) and argues that Taylor subverted the typical lesbian pulp narrative by inserting references to queer books, spaces and terms within her novel. The paper also examines how she portrays an accurate picture of gay life in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s, including the growing gay activist movement. Following the presentation of the paper will be time for questions and comments.
Seating will open at 6:10. The paper will be presented at the Publishing Queer/Queer Publishing Conference at University of London in October.